Dante's Paradiso: The Vision of Paradise from The Divine by Dante Alighieri

By Dante Alighieri

Paradiso is the 3rd and ultimate a part of Italian poet Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy and describes Dante's trip via heaven. he's now led via Beatrice, who joined him on the finish of Purgatorio.

Beatrice takes Dante into the 9 celestial spheres of Heaven. From the 1st Sphere, the place they locate those that have been sturdy yet didn't preserve their vows, to the 9th Sphere and the Empyrean, the house of the angels and God, Dante studies the advantages given to those that dwell a existence devoted to God. Dante wrote his narrative poem among 1308 and 1321.

This model is taken from a 1901 English version, that includes British writer Rev. H. F. Cary's clean verse translation and woodcut illustrations through French artist Gustave Doré.

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As he gave out his text, his voice ‘rose like a steam of rich distilled perfumes,’ and when he came to the two last words, which he pronounced loud, deep, and distinct, it seemed to me, who was then young, as if the sounds had echoed from the bottom of the human heart, and as if that prayer might have floated in solemn silence through the universe. ’ ... I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself.

There is mystery here, as much as relief. In the Preface Wordsworth talks of the role of repetition in poetry, and its function in recreating the repetition of experience: so here, the very repetition of ‘again’ draws attention to itself, and in doing so reminds us that repetition involves change. Just as ‘these orchard-tufts . . lose themselves / Among the woods and copses’, so the poet loses and finds and then loses himself again as the poem unfolds. Wordsworth wants to affirm that for all the loss of the past, of his youthful self, his ‘aching joys’ and ‘dizzy raptures’, he has, in fact, Abundant recompense.

I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself. In describing his retreat to Somerset, Coleridge is honest enough: 36 The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period Here I found myself all afloat. ’ The fontal truths of natural religion and the books of Revelation alike contributed to the flood; and it was long ere my ark touched on an Ararat, and rested.

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